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|Current First Team Squad 2007/08||7/15/07|
1 Iker Casillas
13 Jordi Codina
25 Jerzy Dudek
2 Michel Salgado
4 Sergio Ramos
5 Fabio Cannavaro
18 Gabriel Heinze
21 Christoph Metzelder
22 Miguel Torres
6 Mahamadou Diarra
11 Arjen Robben
15 Roysten Drenthe
16 Fernando Gago
23 Wesley Sneijder
9 Roberto Soldado
17 Ruud van Nistelrooy
19 Julio Baptista
20 Gonzalo Higua�n
24 Javier Saviola
|2007/08 Summer Transfers||6/6/07|
Cristoph Metzelder(Borussia Dortmend)- Free
Pepe(FC.Porto) - ?30M
Javier Saviola(FC.Barcelona) - Free
Jerzy Dudek(Liverpool FC) - Free
Roysten Drenthe(Feyenoord) - ?14
Wesley Sniejder(Ajax) - ?27
Gabriel Heinze(Man utd) - ?10M
Arjen Robben(Chelsea) - ?36M
Emerson(to AC Milan for ?5M)
Cicinho(to AS Roma for ?11M)
Ivan Helguera(to Valencia for ?2M)
Raul Bravo (to Olympiakos for ?2.3M)
Diego L�pez (to Villarreal C.F. for ?6M)
Carlos Diogo (to Real Zaragoza for ?6M)
Roberto Carlos (to Fenerbah�e S.K.)
David Beckham (to Los Angeles Galaxy)
�scar Mi�ambres (Free Transfer)
Francisco Pav�n (to Real Zaragoza)
�lvaro Mej�a (to Real Murcia for ?2M)
Out on loan
FW Antonio Cassano (on loan to Sampdoria)
MF Pablo Garc�a (on loan to Real Murcia)
MF Esteban Granero/De la red (on loan to Getafe)
|2007/2008 Primera La Liga Fixtures(Real Madrid C.F)||5/15/07|
|DATE - TOURNAMENT|
HOME TEAM vs AWAY TEAM
27/07-07 Friendship matchPreason warmup
Real Madrid C.F. 2 - 0 Stoke City FC
31/07-07 Friendship matchPreseason warmup
Hannover 96 3 - 0 Real Madrid C.F.
04/08-07 Friendship matchRussian Railways Cup
Locomotiv Moscow 2 - 5 Real Madrid C.F.
05/08-07 Friendship matchRussian Railways Cup
PSV Eindhoven 2 - 1 Real Madrid C.F.
08/08-07 Friendship matchTeresa Herrera Trophy semi Final
Os Belenenses 0 - 1 Real Madrid C.F.
09/08-07 Friendship matchTeresa Herrera Trophy Final
Dep. La Coruna 2 - 1 Real Madrid C.F.
11/08-07 Spanish Super Cup Leg 1.
Sevilla F.C. 1 - 0 Real Madrid C.F.
15/08-07 Friendship matchRam�n de Carranza trophy semiFinal
Real Betis 1 - 0 Real Madrid C.F.
16/08-07 Friendship matchRam�n de Carranza trophy 3RD place
Cadiz 1-3 Real Madrid C.F.
19/08-07 Spanish Super Cup Leg 2.
Real Madrid C.F 3-5 Sevilla F.C.
LA LIGA FIXTURES
26/08-07 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 1. Real Madrid C.F. Atletico Madrid
02/09-07 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 2. Villarreal C.F. Real Madrid C.F.
16/09-07 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 3. Real Madrid C.F. U.D. Almer�a SAD
23/09-07 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 4. Real Valladolid Real Madrid C.F.
26/09-07 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 5. Real Madrid C.F. Real Betis
30/09-07 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 6. Gestafe C.F. Real Madrid C.F.
07/10-07 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 7. Real Madrid C.F. Recreativo De Huelva
21/10-07 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 8. R.C.D. Espanyol Real Madrid C.F.
28/10-07 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 9. Real Madrid C.F. Dep. La Coruna
31/10-07 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 10. Valencia C.F. Real Madrid C.F.
04/11-07 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 11. Sevilla F.C. Real Madrid C.F.
11/11-07 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 12. Real Madrid C.F. R.C.D. Mallorca
25/11-07 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 13. Real Murcia Real Madrid C.F.
02/12-07 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 14. Real Madrid C.F. Racing Santander
09/12-07 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 15. Athletic Bilbao Real Madrid C.F.
16/12-07 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 16. Real Madrid C.F. Osasuna
23/12-07 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 17. F.C. Barcelona Real Madrid C.F.
06/01-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 18. Real Madrid C.F. Real Zaragoza
13/01-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 19. Levante Uni�n Deportiva Real Madrid C.F.
20/01-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 20. Atletico Madrid Real Madrid C.F.
20/01-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 21. Real Madrid C.F. Villarreal C.F.
03/02-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 22. U.D. Almer�a SAD Real Madrid C.F.
10/02-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 23. Real Madrid C.F. Real Valladolid
17/02-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 24. Real Betis Real Madrid C.F.
24/02-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 25. Real Madrid C.F. Gestafe C.F.
02/03-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 26. Recreativo De Huelva Real Madrid C.F.
09/03-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 27. Real Madrid C.F. R.C.D. Espanyol
16/03-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 28. Dep. La Coruna Real Madrid C.F.
23/03-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 29. Real Madrid C.F. Valencia C.F.
30/03-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 30. Real Madrid C.F. Sevilla F.C.
06/04-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 31. R.C.D. Mallorca Real Madrid C.F.
13/04-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 32. Real Madrid C.F. Real Murcia
20/04-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 33. Racing Santander Real Madrid C.F.
27/04-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 34. Real Madrid C.F. Athletic Bilbao
04/05-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 35. Osasuna Real Madrid C.F.
07/05-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 36. Real Madrid C.F. F.C. Barcelona
11/05-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 37. Real Zaragoza Real Madrid C.F.
18/05-08 Spanish Primera Liga
Round 38. Real Madrid C.F. Levante Uni�n Deportiva
|Real Madrids 06/07 Results & Standings||5/13/07|
|La Liga 06/07|
P Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Real Madrid 38 23 7 8 66 40 +26 76
2 Barcelona 38 22 10 6 78 33 +45 76
3 Sevilla 38 19 8 9 64 35 +29 71
Ruud van Nistelrooy 25 goals(Real Madrid)
Diego Milito 23 goals(Zaragoza)
Ronaldinho 22 goals(Barcelona)
Fr�d�ric Kanout� 21 goals(Sevilla)
Diego Forlan 19 goals(Villareal)
David Villa 18 goals(Valencia)
27/8-2006 Real Madrid C.F. 0-0 Villarreal C.F. DRAW Primera Liga : Round 1
10/9-2006 Levante Uni�n 1-4 Real Madrid C.F. WIN Primera Liga : Round 2
17/9-2006 Real Madrid C.F. 2-0 Real Sociedad WIN Primera Liga : Round 3
23/9-2006 Real Betis 0-1 Real Madrid C.F. WIN Primera Liga : Round 4
1/10-2006 Real Madrid C.F. 1-1 Atletico Madrid DRAW Primera Liga : Round 5
14/10-2006 Gestafe C.F. 1-0 Real Madrid C.F. LOSE Primera Liga : Round 6
22/10-2006 Real Madrid C.F. 2-0 F.C. Barcelona WIN Primera Liga : Round 7
28/10/2006 nastic Tarragona 1-3 Real Madrid C.F. win Primera Liga : Round 8
5/11-2006 Real Madrid C.F. 1-2 Celta de Vigo Lose Primera Liga : Round 9
12/11-2006 Osasuna 1-4 Real Madrid C.F. win Primera Liga : Round 10
19/11-2006 Real Madrid C.F. 3-1 Racing Santander win Primera Liga : Round 11
26/11-2006 Valencia C.F. 0-1 Real Madrid C.F. win Primera Liga : Round 12
3/12-2006 Real Madrid C.F. 2-1 Athletic Bilbao win Primera Liga : Round 13
10/12-2006 Sevilla F.C. 2-1 Real Madrid C.F. Lose Primera Liga : Round 14
17/12-2006 R.C.D. EspanyoL 0-1 Real Madrid C.F. win Primera Liga : Round 15
20/12-2006 Real Madrid C.F. 0-3 Recreativo Huelva Lose Primera Liga : Round 16
7/1-2007 Dep. La Coruna 2-0 Real Madrid C.F. Lose Primera Liga : Round 17
14/1-2007 Real Madrid C.F. 1-0 Real Zaragoza Win Primera Liga : Round 18
21/1-2007 R.C.D. Mallorca 0-1 Real Madrid C.F. Win Primera Liga : Round 19
28/1-2007 Villarreal C.F. 1-0 Real Madrid C.F. Lose Primera Liga : Round 20
4/2-2007 Real Madrid C.F. 0-1 Levante Uni�n Lose Primera Liga : Round 21
11/2-2007 Real Sociedad 1-2 Real Madrid C.F. Win Primera Liga : Round 22
18/2-2007 Real Madrid C.F. 0-0 Real Betis Draw Primera Liga : Round 23
25/2-2007 Atletico Madrid 1-1 Real Madrid C.F. DraW Primera Liga : Round 24
4/3-2007 Real Madrid C.F. 1-1 Gestafe C.F. Draw Primera Liga : Round 25
11/3-2007 F.C. Barcelona 3-3 Real Madrid C.F. Draw Primera Liga : Round 26
18/3-2007 Real Madrid C.F. 2-0 nastic Tarragona Win Primera Liga : Round 27
1/4-2007 Celta de Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid C.F. Win Primera Liga : Round 28
8/4-2007 Real Madrid C.F. 2-0 Osasuna Win Primera Liga : Round 29
15/4-2007 Racing Santander 2-1 Real Madrid C.F. Lose Primera Liga : Round 30
22/4-2007 Real Madrid C.F. 2-1 Valencia C.F. Win Primera Liga : Round 31
29/4-2007 Athletic Bilbao 1-4 Real Madrid C.F. Win Primera Liga : Round 32
6/5-2007 Real Madrid C.F. 3-2 Sevilla F.C. Win Primera Liga : Round 33
13/5-2007 Real Madrid C.F. 4-3 R.C.D. Espanyol wIn Primera Liga : Round 34
20/5-2007 Recreativo Huelva 2-3 Real Madrid C.F. win Primera Liga : Round 35
27/5-2007 Real Madrid C.F. 3-1 Dep. La Coruna Win Primera Liga : Round 36
10/6-2007 Real Zaragoza 2-2 Real Madrid C.F. Draw Primera Liga : Round 37
17/6-2007 Real Madrid C.F. 3-1 R.C.D. Mallorca Win Primera Liga : Round 38
|REAL MADRID 1991-TODAY||3/7/07|
|Real Madrid turns 105 (and X)|
The Best Club of the 20th Century celebrates its 105th anniversary today
Today, 6 March 2007, Real Madrid celebrate their 105th anniversary. In a meeting held in Rome in 2000, FIFA decided to name the entity the Best Club of the 20th Century or, by all accounts, the best Club in the history of football. Five years after receiving this distinction, the beat goes on and the Whites are looking to take on a new lease on life and relive the good old days, the ones that put Real Madrid in centre stage of world football.
Mendoza advances elections
Although he still had a full year on his ticket, then President Ram�n Mendoza advanced the Presidential elections to 14 April 1991. Opposite him was writer Alfonso Uss�a, whose results were more than honourable in spite of his diminished resources. The electoral success won Mendoza another four years in the Presidential chair.
Tenerife, the ?cursed island?
Ram�n Mendoza dismissed coach Antic in mid-season. At the time, the Serbian coach had led Real Madrid to a seven point lead during the 1991-92 campaign. He was substituted by Dutch manager Leo Beenhakker, who had re-joined the Club as Technical Director just weeks before. With the Dutchman coaching the team, Madrid were robbed of the League title in Tenerife in the last day of the season. It was exactly the same story the following year, this time with Benito Floro at the rudder. After losing two consecutive titles in the last game of the campaign in exactly the same spot, the Canary isle of Tenerife was tagged a ?cursed island ? for Madridismo.
Renovations at the Santiago Bernab�u stadium
The renovations of the Santiago Bernab�u stadium began on 7 February 1992 and ended two years and change later, on 7 May 1994. The expense of the works was in excess of ESP 5,000 million (EUR 30 million), including the ESP 300M (EUR 1.8M) for the insurance that would cover both the construction workers and the attending spectators during the time.
Valdano returns to coach the team
After snatching two League titles from Real Madrid and eliminating them from the King's Cup in his capacity as coach of Tenerife, Jorge Valdano signed a coaching agreement with Real Madrid set on putting the Whites back on the road to success and terminate the 4-year Liga title drought. The Argentine did just that in his first season at his former team and all Real Madrid fans got to sing along to the victory chant at the end of the season.
Sanz relieves Mendoza in Club Presidency
After ten and a half years in office, Ram�n Mendoza handed in his irrevocable resignation on 20 November 1995. He was relieved by Lorenzo Sanz, who held recourse to Club by-law 49 to get elected as heir to Mendoza by the 11 directors who continued in the Board of Directors following the transfer of power.
Capello makes his debut with Real Madrid
On 20 May 1996, Lorenzo Sanz presented Fabio Capello as new head coach of Real Madrid. The Italian trainer landed in Madrid borne out by his five successful seasons with AC Milan, with whom he won the 1994 European Cup. Although Capello only stayed with the team during the 1996-97 season, he managed to win the League.
Seventh European Cup
After a less than impressive domestic run, coach Jupp Heynckes led the team to win the very much awaited -last one was in 1966, 32 years earlier- European Cup. The venue: Amsterdam Arena. Date: 20 May 1998. The Merengues conquered their seventh top European trophy with a goal by now Sporting Director Pedja Mijatovic against the Italian side of Juventus, who were the hot favourites that night.
Second Intercontinental Cup
Guus Hiddink was the manager in charge of guiding Real Madrid to their second Intercontinental Cup after the surprising resignation of Juan Antonio Camacho in July 1998, before the actual season even began. An extraordinary goal by Ra�l in Tokyo sealed the more than fair 2-1 end result for the Whites.
|6TH MARCH 2007:REAL MADRID TURNS 105 YEARS OLD||3/6/07|
|6 March 2007|
Real Madrid turns 105 today
One hundred five years ago today, 6 March 1902, Madrid Foot Ball Club was born; the most vanguard of its day which, with the inexorable passing of time, would become a universal institution. Standing out among its records are the five consecutive League titles won on two different occasions and nine European Cups.
It was 6 March 1902 when the Society was founded. Left behind were the stutter steps of pioneers who, despite the criticism they received, strove to get youth hooked on a sport, football, which had arrived in Spain by way of the coasts and was still in its infancy. It was the sailors, the businessmen, the learned students who arrived from London and other British cities with the good news that in England, where football was born in 1863, youth dedicated themselves to a new activity, generically called sport, among which was included the intriguing challenge of playing with a ball without using hands! From that day on, football and rugby went their separate ways.
Sky, predecessor to Madrid
That strange challenge proved irresistible in Spain and the entire world. While football caught on along the Spanish coast, it was a group of youngsters from the Instituci�n Libre de Ense�anza in Madrid who aspired for a better Spain and fought against decadent inertia and a crude colonial dream which meant losing Cuba and the Philippines. It was they who planted the seed in order for football to blossom with solid roots. In 1900, a group of dissident players of Sky -predecessor to Madrid- began forming what two years later would become Madrid Foot Ball Club. A valiant Juli�n Palacios, first official President, began laying the foundation of what would be an enviable institution.
Also joining the group were the Padr�s brothers (Juan and Carlos), who were the creators of the first Madrid and Spanish Championships, the Madrilenian Football Association, the Spanish Association, and the driving forces behind the creation of FIFA in 1904. While Juan worked relentlessly during his two-year mandate, his brother Carlos, successor to the Presidency, became the most prominent head of Madrid (in 1920, Alfonso XIII granted the title of Real) and Spanish football.
A unique style
Real Madrid's history is so vast and brilliant that it's not easy to sum up in a few brushstrokes. Therefore, by focusing on five years of its centenary, we'll outline several of the momentous events of a Club which was born with all the makings of a champion. In the first decade of the 20th Century, Madrid won ownership of the King's Cup after winning the title on four consecutive occasions (1905 to 190 . Several years later, in 1912, the Bernab�u family began marking the Madridista legend. Antonio had the organisational talent: he was a founding member of Bolonga FC and later became President of the Spanish FA, Marcelo was an outstanding player, and Santiago was everything possible for the Club: player, delegate, director, secretary, and President. After taking office on 15 September 1943, Santiago Bernab�u provided Real Madrid with its unique style.
Admired and respected
The great patriarch's return to the Club was instrumental in the institution's aquisition of its particular traits, the construction of the new Chamart�n, taking its fighting spirit across five continents, the gentlemanliness and nobility of the Club and, in short, building a Real Madrid that was admired and respected even in the farthest corners of the world.
Helping Bernab�u with his unflagging work was an incomparable footballer: Alfredo di St�fano. A warlike, goal-scoring, fast, and ingenious players who led the best team of the Old Continent during the second half of the 1950's. That extraordinary group amazed the entire planet by winning five straight European Cups (1956 to 1960) and the first InterContinental, and also became a Spanish ambassador and opened our borders.
Six years later, the generation t
|REAL MADRID 1981-1990||3/6/07|
|Real Madrid turns 105 (IX)|
Five straight League titles and a new record (1981-1990)
The second half of the 1980's were incredible. Real Madrid won two UEFA Cups and five consecutive League titles, the fifth which set a record. It was a lustrum (1985 to 1990) during which the Whites amazed with two quintets that stirred the imagination: ?El Buitre? and ?The Five Machos,? whose only pending achievement during their brilliant careers was winning the European Cup.
One minute spells the difference between glory and failure
The 1980/81 season had an unpleasant finish for Madrid. On 26 April 1981, they lost the League when the victory chant was already being sung in Valladolid. Real Sociedad, who drew (2-2) against Sporting in the last minute at El Molin�n claimed the title. Barely one month later, on 27 May, an Alan Kennedy goal (82nd minute) gave Liverpool the European Cup, when overtime was the only fair option.
The players strike
The professional Real Madrid squad was one of four teams of the Primera Division to back the strike called on 11 April 1982. On that day, the Whites played at Castell�n with Castilla footballers and defeated the hosts 2-1.
The Bernab�u host the 1982 World Cup final
The final of the 1982 World Cup took place at the Santiago Bernab�u Stadium. In a thrilling match, Italy outplayed Germany and won 3-1. What most spectators will remember most from that 11 July 1982 was the joy that overcame Sandro Pertini, President if Italy, each time the Italian side scored.
Di St�fano returns to the Club
With the Presidential elections on the horizon, candidate Luis de Carlos introduced Alfredo di St�fano and Amancio Amaro as coaches of the first team and Castilla on 19 May 1982. The Arrow left Madrid in 1964 and returned to the Club 18 years later. De Carlos defeated Ram�n Mendoza in the election and Di St�fano, who signed on for two years, won five runners-up titles in his first year as the Madridista coach.
The Arrow's second farewell
Once the 1983/84 season had ended, Alfredo di St�fano again said goodbye to Real Madrid. Twenty-one years later he went through the same experience. His contract ended on 30 June 1984 and Luis de Carlos decided not to resign him due to the failure to achieve sporting success.
Historic downpour of goals against Anderlecht
On 12 December 1984, Emilio Butrague�o became a European household name with an unforgettable performance against Anderlecht at the Bernab�u. The Belgians were coming off a 3-0 first leg win in Brussels and had the next round of the UEFA Cup in sight, but Butrague�o crushed all their hopes with three goals (the other three were scored by Valdano, two, and Sanch�s) and Real Madrid won convincingly 6-1.
Ram�n Mendoza initiates a new era
After two brief stints as a Director and an election-time defeat to Luis de Carlos, Ram�n Mendoza's became President of Real Madrid in 1985. Mendoza's arrival was the dawn of a new era in the history of the Club.
Back-to-back UEFA Cup champions
Real Madrid's first two UEFA Cup titles were won back-to-back. The first in 1984 against Hungary's Videoton (3-0 at Sosto Stadium and 0-1 in Chamart�n), and the second one year later after defeating FC K�ln 5-1 at the Bernab�u and losing 2-0 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.
Longest League in history won by Madrid
The 1986/87 season went down in history as the longest League in Spanish football. After 34 matchdays, each team played 10 more games in a three-part playoff: the top six teams would play for the title, which Real Madrid won, the next six would battle it out for a spot in the League Cup with the possibility of participating in the UEFA Cup, and the last six would duke it out to stave off relegation.
Five years of fantasy and dominance
The Real Madrid of the Quinta del Buitre and the The Five Machos won five consecutive Leagues with extraordinary authority (1985/86 to 1989/90) and equalled the record achieved bet
|REAL MADRID 1971-1980||3/4/07|
|Real Madrid turns 105 (VIII)|
Bernab�u's death paved the way to a transitional period (1971-1980)
Santiago Bernab�u died in the 1970s. Before his death, Miguel Mu�oz left the team after coaching it for 14 years. The Club's 75th Anniversary celebration didn't receive much support. The decade saw Real Madrid play against Castilla in the final of the Spanish Championship as well as a transitional period that followed Bernab�u's death.
UEFA Cup Winner's Cup finalists
Real Madrid made their debut in the no longer existant UEFA Cup Winner's Cup in the 1970/71 season. They reached the final against Chelsea by defeating Hibernians, Wacker Innsbruck, Cardiff City and PSV Eindhoven. Both sides had to play the game twice at the Greek Karaikiris Stadium because the first match -held on 19 May 1971- ended in a 1-1 draw and neither team was capable of scoring the winning goal during overtime. The second clash took place two days later and Chelsea won 2-1.
Arias Navarro doesn't approve the project for a new stadium
On 8 September 1973, Real Madrid announced their intention of demolishing the Santiago Bernab�u Stadium in order to build a new venue with a capacity for 125,000 people and a parking lot beneath it for 8,000 cars. Mayor Carlos Arias Navarro's refusal to reclassify the plot of land and the letter by lawyer Luis Pascual Estevill against the project that was published in newspaper ABC put an end to the project.
Miguel Mu�oz's great period ends
Miguel Mu�oz became coach of Real Madrid in 1960 when Fleitas Solich left. He ended up winning nine leagues, two Cups of Spain two European Cups and one Intercontinental Cup in 14 seasons. On 15 January 1974, Santiago Bernab�u ended Mu�oz's period "because he had been suffering for too long". Luis Molowny, a man from the Club, replaced a living legend.
Real Madrid look to the Balkans
After the 1974/75 season, Luis Molowny was replaced by the Yugoslavian Miljan Miljanic. He signed on 5 July 1974 and from then onwards the team played an unattractive game based on physical efforts and tactical order. This system earned the team two Leagues and one Cup of Spain in three seasons. Another Yugoslavian, Vujadin Boskov, took the reins of the team in 1979. He coached them until half way through the 1981/82 season. He won the League and the King's Cup in his first year as coach.
Prelude to the Great Recoveries
The Santiago Bernab�u Stadium lived one of its most glorious nights on 5 November 1975. Real Madrid recovered from a 4-1 defeat in the first leg of the Last 16 round of the European Cup against Derby County. At the end of the second leg, the result was 4-1 for the Whites, which forced both teams to play overtime. Santillana scored the winning goal; this was the prelude to Real Madrid's Great Recoveries.
No support for the 75th Anniversary Celebrations
The 75th Anniversary Celebrations had little support from the fans because of the team's bad results and Bernab�u's retirement to Santa Pola due to ill health. A tournament was organised between the national teams of Argentina and Iran, Moroccan side Mouloudia Chabia and Real Madrid. The little support was evident in a half-full, tedious match between Real Madrid and Argentina that the Whites won 1-0 thanks to a goal by Vicente del Bosque.
The Patriarch dies
Santiago Bernab�u died at his home on 2 Jeric� Street on 2 June 1978 six days before his 83rd birthday. His death put an end to an extraordinary 35-year Presidency at Real Madrid. Many condolences were received and deposited at the Club. A memorial service was held on 3 June in his village, Almansa, where he is buried.
Luis de Carlos takes office as President After a brief period as interim President, Raimundo Saporta called for elections. The Club's treasurer, Luis de Carlos, resigned in order to run for President. 26 July 1978 was the deadine for canditates to apply in order to run for office. De Carlos submitted 3,352 documents end
|REAL MADRID 1961-1970||3/4/07|
|Real Madrid turns 105 (VII)|
The generational reshuffle was successful (1961-1970)
A glorious cycle was drawing to an end after two defeats in two different European Cup finals against Benfica and Inter Milan, respectively. The decline of the players that had thrilled the whole of Europe ended with their departure from the Club. Miguel Mu�oz's generational reshuffle was eventually successful. The so called "Ye-Y�s? regained the European crown by winning the Club's sixth European Cup.
Madricide against Barcelona
Real Madrid were eliminated from the European Cup for the first time in November 1960 against Barcelona. English referees Ellis and Leafe played a big role in the Madridista defeat. The former allowed an unfair penalty to Barcelona at the Bernab�u and the match eventually ended with a 2-2 score. The latter disallowed four Real Madrid goals at the Camp Nou and Barcelona won 2-1. The international press heavily criticised Ellis and Leafe's performance and coined the term Madricide to describe Real Madrid's unjust elimination.
Barcelona get thrashed eleven days later
Real Madrid took revenge from their defeat against Barcelona a few days later by defeating the Catalans 5-3 at the Camp Nou on 4 December.
Exhibition at Maracan�
On 8 February 1961, the Whites played at Maracan� Stadium for the first time. They faced Vasco da Gama and earned a 2-0 score before half-time thanks to goals by Del Sol and Canario. Real Madrid were tired in the ast 45 minutes and the game eventually ended in a 2-2 draw.
Seven Madridistas in the 1962 World Cup
Pablo Hern�ndez Coronado was the Spanish national coach for the Chile 1962 World Cup. He stirred up some controversy by not including Amancio on the squad list, but nevertheless called up Di St�fano, Santamar�a, Puskas, Pach�n, Del Sol, Gento and Araquistain. Unfortunately, Di St�fano got injured and had to miss the tournament.
Di St�fano kidnapped for three days
Alfredo Di St�fano was kidnapped at the Potomac Hotel in Caracas, where Real Madrid were staying during the World Club Championship. He was taken away the night of the 21 August 1963 by the Libebration Front of Venezuela. "I thought they were going to kill me," wrote the player in his autobiography Gracias, Vieja. The kidnapping had great impact and his captors got the publicity they wanted. Di St�fano was freed three days later.
The first Real Madrid City is inaugurated
The 1956 General Assemby approved the construction of the first Real Madrid City. The grounds were inaugurated seven years later thanks to Real Madrid Vicepresident �lvaro Bustamante, who promoted the idea. The opening took place on 18 May 1963. A very important international athletics meeting took place as part of the inauguration.
Di St�fano's bitter farewell
On 27 June 1964, Alfredo Di St�fano played his last official match as a Real Madrid man at Vienna's Prater Stadium against Inter Milan in the ninth European Cup final, which the Italian side won 3-1. Di St�fano had a confrontation with coach Miguel Mu�oz and Santiago Bernab�u took the latter's side. The President offered the player to stay at the Club to do other jobs, but he refused and signed for Espa�ol.
Five consecutive League titles... Again
Real Madrid are the only side to have won the League five consecutive times twice in the competition's 76-year history. The first time they achieved this was between the 1960/61 and 1964-65 seasons and they repeated the feat between the 1985-86 and 1989-90 seasons. No other Spanish team has been able to break this record.
The "Ye-Y�s" crown themselves as European champions
Miguel Mu�oz's generational reshuffle of the team in 1964 was successful two years later. On 11 May 1966, Real Madrid won their sixth European Cup title at Brussel's Heysel Stadium against Partizan Belgrade, whom they defeated 2-1. This was the "Ye-Ye" team. "Ye-Ye" was how yongsters were called in Spain in the Sixties, especia
|REAL MADRID 1951-1960||3/2/07|
|Real Madrid turns 105 (VI)|
An exceptional decade (1951-1960)
Real Madrid turned legend into myth in the 1950s. The Club celebrated its 50 year anniversary and signed Di St�fano during this magnificent decade. The arrival of the Argentine player was an inflexion point for the Whites. The team won their first League in 21 years and Bernab�u and Saporta played key roles in the establishment of the European Cup, which Real Madrid won five years in a row. The crowning moment to the decade was the Whites' victory in the first Intercontinental Cup.
Brilliant Gold Wedding Anniversary celebration
Santiago Bernab�u's administration spared no money and efforts to commemorate the Club's 50th anniversary. They celebrated several acts that amounted to 20 million pesetas in cost. A magnificent football tournament was held, but the Club didn't forget about other sports and organised basketball, handball, chess, horse racing, wrestling and bull fighting competitions to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Two extravagant Madridistas, Benito Pico and Manolo Su�rez, were in charge of organising the festivities.
Di St�fano draws attention at Millonarios
Millonarios Bogot� won the football trophy in the celebration after playing against Swedish side Norrkoping and Real Madrid. Alfredo di St�fano showcased his great quality and speed in both clashes at Chamart�n Stadium.
Saporta, Bernab�u's great signing
General Querejeta, President of the Spanish Basketball Association advised Bernab�u to sign Raimundo Saporta. The latter joined the Club after he brilliantly organised the basketball championship that took place during the 50th Anniversary celebration. From then on, he became increasingly important for Bernab�u thanks to his excellent managment and diplomacy skills. Saporta expanded the Club's reach and became its "brain."
The soap opera that was Di St�fano's signing
Alfredo Di St�fano met Santiago Bernab�u in March 1952 during the anniversary celebrations and his signing for the Club resembled a soap opera in which Santiago Bernab�u, Raimundo Saporta, Enrique Mart�, Barcelona President and Technical Secretary Jos� Samitier, Millonarios President Alfonso Senior, River Plate President Enrique Pardo and Spanish FA Board Member Armando Mu�oz Calero played leading roles. Bernab�u's strategy and Mart�'s mistakes made Di St�fano sign for Real Madrid.
Di St�fano's hectic debut
On 23 September 1953, Alfredo Di St�fano, his wife and daughters arrived in Madrid from Barcelona at 10:30 am. As soon as he entered Madrid's Atocha Railway Station, the player wen to the Club, passed his medical exam, had lunch, left his family at the Emperatriz Hotel, met his new teammates in the dressing room and played his first game at 3:30 pm. It was a friendly game against Nancy won by the Whites 4-2. Di St�fano scored his first goal as a Real Madrid player on the 67-minute mark.
Joaqu�n Navarro, first Spanish player to be in an All-European FIFA team
Real Madrid's Joaqu�n Navarro -outstanding defender also known as "The Fireman"- was the first Spanish player to play in an All-European FIFA team in Wembley as part of the 90th Anniversary celebrations of the English FA.
Third League title, 23 years later
The first consequence of Alfredo di St�fano's signing was winning the 1953/54 League. The Club hadn't won the title since the 1932/33 season and euphoria spread throughout Madridismo. Twenty-one years later, fans could sing the victory chant again thanks to coach Enrique Fern�ndez.
Chamart�n Stadium is renamed as Santiago Bernab�u Stadium
In the 4 January 1955 General Assembly, Messrs. Zapater and Caso proposed changing the name of the stadium to Santiago Bernab�u. The proposal was approved and the President reluctantly accepted this honour as it was the will of the Club's voting members.
Driving force behind the creation of the European Cup
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